Just three years ago the LA Kings won the NHL Stanley Cup, but now it appears they are searching for help before the upcoming trade deadline in hopes of making a run at another title.
Los Angeles is sitting in sixth place in the Western Conference, not a good seeding as they will need to win on the road if they want to advance in the post season. The team has played some good hockey this season, but need some help on the offensive end of the ice, leading to speculation of a potential deal in the coming days.
The latest rumors from ESPN have suggested the LA Kings are looking to add 30-year-old Thomas Vanek of the NY Islanders. The veteran has turned down contract extensions and made a clear statement he wishes to test the free agent market, leading many hockey experts to believe he will be dealt and the Kings are one of the few hockey franchises with the resources to add another big contract and the prospects to pull off a deal of this magnitude.
The Austrian has 50 points this season and over 500 for his career and despite recent reports of troubles at the Winter Olympics, Vanek is exactly the type of player that could help the LA Kings down the stretch of the NHL season and into the playoffs, but the cost won't be cheap and he could be gone after this season, leaving the front office with much to think about before pulling the trigger on a trade.